“Symposium Digital Fabrication – a State of Art“, Sep 9th-10th 2011, ISCTE-IUL, in Lisbon, Portugal.

“Symposium Digital Fabrication – a State of Art“, Sep 9th-10th 2011, ISCTE-IUL, in Lisbon, Portugal.


This symposium will bring together in Portugal, ISCTE‐IUL, a set of internationally renowned investigators in the field of Digital Fabrication and Architecture. We challenge participants in this symposium to question and reflect on how the exploitation of computing can improve the design and performance of architecture; how the experience and perception of space can be enriched through the integration of emerging technologies; how shape can be parametrically generated and evolve and, above all, how to take advantage of digital modeling to produce different physical objects. This event is of great relevance in view of the new technological challenges and the teaching of Architecture in Portugal. With this event we aim to underline and share new conceptual and research methodologies as well as new career opportunities. The symposium will be followed by a Workshop on Digital Fabrication where the participants can experience some of the technologies addressed to in the lectures.

Online registration will end on August 1st, 2011. http://digitalfabricationiscte.wordpress.com/registration/

Keynote speakers:
– Kevin Klinger (Ball State University)
– Vicent Guallart (IaaC)
– Bob Sheil (Bartlett UCL)
– Gabriela Celani (UNICAMP)
– Tobias Bonwetsch (ETH Zurique)
Workshop by: José Pedro Sousa (FAUP/DARQ/OpoLab)

The workshop will provide to a broad audience (students, professionals and non professionals) the opportunity to experiment and try new methods of approaching the issues outlined in the conference cycle. The workshop will take 7.5 hours and it is composed of two modules. In the first module parametric modeling techniques with the use of CAD-CAM systems will be exposed. In the second module rapid-prototyping techniques will be experimented and applied to real construction materials. The aim of the workshop is to apply digital manufacturing techniques through the production by laser cutting or milling machine in order to prepare a 3D solid model. To participate in this workshop we recommend some knowledge of 3D modeling, preferably with Rhinoceros.

For any additional information please feel free to contact the local organizer: Vasco Moreira Rato; e-mail: digital.fabrication.iscte@gmail.com